Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has axed on-loan attacker Charly Musonda to the bench for the Hoops’ Europa League tie with Zenit St. Petersburg – and Hoops fans on Twitter believe that Rodgers has got the decision wrong.
Musonda set up the Hoops’ only goal in the first leg triumph over the Russians but hasn’t done enough to force his way into the starting XI with Rodgers naming the same side that started at Celtic Park last week.
The team for the second leg was announced a short time ago on the club’s official Twitter page.
???? Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged starting XI from the first-leg.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 22, 2018
The Belgian’s signing was much heralded when he arrived on a season-long loan but the 21-year-old is still finding his feet in Scotland and has been dropped after having little impact in the 0-0 against St Johnstone on Sunday.
Fans think the 21-year-old could be a game-changer for the Scottish champions – with one fan saying not starting him “might be a mistake.”
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
might be a mistake way an unchanged squad, would have defo stuck musonda in, he made the difference last week
— sudgie (@sudgie7) February 22, 2018
Musonda should be starting
— Daniel (@wazzad97) February 22, 2018
Interesting we're starting with the same team as last week with Sinclair, Rogic and Musonda on the bench. The latter can keep the ball and create, but we have to stay in control I guess? #ZENCEL
— Murray Mitchell (@MurMitchell) February 22, 2018
Some amount of attacking options on our bench, Rogic, Sinclair, Musonda and Edouard ???? ????
— . (@ChrisGunn67) February 22, 2018
Unchanged team. Some decent subs in Musonda and Rogic. Come on bhoys. Let's do this.
— DC (@dcolton67) February 22, 2018
If it’s still 0-0 at 60th minute musonda will prob come on again
— Amylee x (@Amyleexox5) February 22, 2018
Announce Musonda setting up a goal from halfway line
— Connor Hynds (@1Conzobhoy) February 22, 2018
The Belgian youth international has had spells on loan with Real Betis and the Hoops since signing for Chelsea in 2012 from Anderlecht.
If Brendan Rodgers’ side can get past Zenit and secure a place in the last 16 it would be the first time they’ve reached that stage of the a European competition since taking on Juventus in 2013’s Champions League last 16.
Rodgers made seven changes to the side which won the first leg for the weekend’s clash with St. Johnstone but could only manage a 0-0 draw to blow the Scottish Premiership title race wide open.
In other Celtic news, Patrick Roberts may make his return from injury against Aberdeen on Sunday